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Join Yoga Masha for a recharging and rejuvenating week of yoga and Feldenkrais and get the chance to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful corner of Portugal. Set in the magic of the Sintra mountains and in walking distance from the Ocean, this holiday will provide tranquillity, inspiration, and a strong boost in energy levels as you reap the priceless benefits of yoga and Feldenkrais practice in a friendly atmosphere.
The Star Pine Lodge is a brand new villa with double and twin shared rooms that are light, spacious, and comfortable. The lush garden, swimming pool, and chill-out space give everyone the chance to get to know each other and connect in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The yoga shala is spacious and has fantastic views of the ocean.
The lodging is perfectly set between the sea and the mountains: it is within walking distance of three breathtaking beaches and offers stunning views of the Serra de Sintra, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Nearby, you find picturesque fishing villages and the famous Cabo da Roca, Europe’s most Westerly point.
The program is appropriate for all levels from total beginners to seasoned yoga or Feldenkrais students. You will be in a safe and loving environment, receiving individualized attention.
You will have one invigorating morning yoga practice of 90 minutes and an afternoon lesson in Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais) of 60 minutes. This practice is very gentle and is geared towards improving posture, alignment, and your general wellbeing.
By the end of the retreat, you will feel deeply recharged and renewed: physically, emotionally and in spirit.
The attendance to the yoga program and all activities are optional. If there is a morning you prefer to sleep in or an afternoon you would rather stay at the beach than come to class, that's ok! Whatever makes you feel best, please do that.
There are various optional activities and workshops included in the retreat package:
Masha is a yogi, rock climber, and nature lover. She teaches her unique and transformative classes and retreats across Europe. Her teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating, and experiential practice, grounded with a focus on both physical and energetic alignment. Masha speaks nine languages almost fluently and enjoys teaching in multiple languages. She is currently doing a four-year long Feldenkrais method teacher training, seeking to fine-tune her knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and of the mind-body connection.
This retreat will be held in Sintra, Portugal. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic town has been a summer residence for the Portuguese Royal families from the 14th to the 20th century and thus there are several impressive royal buildings to visit. Dominating the city's center, you will find the Palacio Nacional, with its two famous conic chimneys.
On top of the Monte de Pena, you can see the fantastic 19th century Palacio da Pena from as far away as Lisbon. Surrounded by a beautiful and exotic garden, this combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance architecture is a must-see and the view of the surrounding area will blow you away.
The remains of the Castelo dos Mouros, the Castle of the Moors, dates back to the eighth century, the period of Arab occupation of the Iberian peninsula. Nowadays, the ruins of the castle invite visitors to get lost in time and enjoy the majestic view from its ancient walls. Brightly illuminated at night, it still seems to protect the city of Sintra.
Further sites not to be missed include the Palacio da Regaleira estate, a romantic palace and chapel surrounded by four hectares of park, featuring fountains, lakes, grottoes, and wells; it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit the Palacio de Monserrate with its laid back park, where you can find one of the richest botanical gardens in Portugal.
Cabo da Roca, as part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, marks the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Its impressive cliffs reach up to 140 meters above sea level and the stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean gives a real end-of-the-world feeling. The 16th-century Portuguese poet, Luis de Camoes, honored Cabo da Roca as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins." Some hidden beaches and amazing tracks around the cliffs allow for your own little discoveries.
The coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril are culturally and naturally rich and offer numerous sightseeing attractions. Great shopping, beaming nightlife, and the Casino of Estoril, Europe's largest casino, add to the attractions of these twin cities in the Greater Lisbon subregion.
Colares is a little, traditional village, a short bike ride from the Star Pine lodge. A nice place to have a coffee and enjoy its quiet charms; it is one of the nicest small towns in the area where Portugal is still Portugal.
The Portuguese capital is one of the oldest cities in the world and less than a 40-minute drive away. Rich in architecture and culture, it is also a very vibrant city and a must-see for everybody coming to Portugal. It can be easily reached from the camp for a day trip.
Highlights include the view from the Castelo Sao Jorge on the top of the oldest district, Alfama, a stroll through the shopping districts of Baixa and Chiado, a tram ride with the traditional Nr. 28, taking you up and down steep, narrow streets or the modern architecture of the Parque das Nacoes, with the Oceanarium, one of Europe's largest aquariums.
Do not miss out on a night in Bairro Alto, a quiet neighborhood during the day but turns into the center of nightlife after the sun has gone down. Between Lisbon and Cascais, stop at Belem, where you can visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a huge monastery giving impressive proof of Portugal's former wealth and importance during the Age of Discoveries.
Built in the 16th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Close by at the river shore, you will find the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century watchtower guarding the entrance of the Tagus River. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, the Tower of Belem is one of Lisbon's famous landmarks.
Once in Belem, do not forget to taste the world famous Pasteis de Belem. Finally, a visit to the top of Cristo Rei, the 80-meter tall Jesus statue on the hills on the south shore of the river, allows for a breathtaking view over Lisbon.
The Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, spreading out from the mountains of Sintra to the beaches of Cascais, represents a unique diversity of landscape and without doubt the most breathtaking region in Portugal. It includes sand dunes, rugged coastline with high cliffs and sandy bays, dense forests and calm lakes, with the majestic Serra de Sintra overlooking it all.
The centuries-old symbiosis of man-made Sintra and the surrounding nature has gained the whole area the status of UNESCO Cultural Heritage. It is in its approximate 145 square kilometers where most of your activities take place and where you never stop to marvel at the countless historical and natural wonders.
The extensive Praia Grande and its little sister, the scenic Praia Pequena, with its steep cliffs are only minutes away. They are all great beaches for surfing. There, you will find little restaurants, snack bars, as well as a surf shop. Take a short bike ride or a 10-minute walk and you will get into Praia das Macas, a nice little beach with a little village that offers restaurants, little grocery stores, bakeries, and cafés.
Aside from these, more well-known beaches in the area also have some more hidden bays to offer, where even on a summer Sunday, you will hardly find any people if you don't mind a little hike down the cliffs. In a radius of 30 kilometers to the south or east (Cascais or Lisbon) and north (Ericeira), you will find dozens of more beaches, bays, and reefs offering perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports.
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The retreat package includes a breakfast buffet, a daily lunch pack to take with you wherever you go, as well as fresh fruit and tea throughout the day. You will also have three vegetarian dinners. Yoga Masha made a point of leaving three evenings free for you to explore the local area and sample the local cuisine and culture, as there are many great typical restaurants nearby. Alternatively, there is also a well-equipped common kitchen for those who like to cater for their own special needs.
You may also additional activities at extra costs:
Lisbon Portela Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Masha will pick you up from the airport.
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